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 South Norfolk Community League
    Incorporating The Broadland Youth Cricket League

Summer and winter youth cricket leagues - established 2007

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SNCL Rules & Guidance Notes


U9 Rules

U11 Girls’ Rules

U11 Girls’ Eligibility


U11-U17 Rules

Pitch Lengths

Points Table


Entry Guidelines

Guidance Notes

Age Eligibility


No Result Games

Complaints & appeals

County Players


Rules for U9 summer league

  1. Teams shall comprise of eight players.
  2. Each match shall be of sixteen overs per side.
  3. Teams will start with 200 runs.
  4. Scoring will be as for normal cricket. Batsmen will bat in pairs for four overs. They will retire after this.
  5. Innings will be split into quarters of four overs each. Fielders, bowlers and umpires will only change ends after the fourth, eighth and twelfth overs. At the conclusion of all other overs, only the batters will switch ends (subject to rule 6 – a batter who is out may not face the next ball).
  6. Each time the batting side loses a wicket; four runs will be deducted from their total.
  7. A batter who is out may not face the next ball.                                                                                                  
  8. The innings shall close when the batting side has completed sixteen overs.
  9. Wide deliveries and no balls shall count as two runs to the batting side and will not be bowled again, except in the last over. A delivery may bounce up to two times before reaching the batter before being signalled as a no ball.
  10. No player may bowl more than 3 overs.
  11. The wicket keeper may not be changed, or bowl, during the innings.
  12. The team with the highest number of runs shall be the winners.
  13. Points shall be awarded as detailed in the table below.
  14. Players must have been U9 on the 31st August preceding the start date of the competition (see guidance notes for clarification).
  15. The pitch shall be 15 yards and the hardball 4¾oz. Knock down stumps may be used for these fixtures.
  16. The home team manager is responsible for submitting the result within 24 hours of the match ending on the results form. A penalty of 2 points will be applied (to the home team) when these are received more than 48 hours after the game has been completed. In the event of postponement or cancellation of a fixture, whether the intention is to rearrange or not, it is also the home team manager’s responsibility to submit a no result within 48 hours detailing the reason for the failure to complete the game.

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Rules for girls’ U11 summer league

  1. Teams shall comprise of eight players.
  2. Each match shall be of sixteen overs per side.
  3. Teams will start with 200 runs.
  4. Scoring will be as for normal cricket. Players will bat in pairs for four overs. They will retire after this.
  5. Innings will be split into quarters of four overs each. Fielders, bowlers and umpires will only change ends after the fourth, eighth and twelfth overs. At the conclusion of all other overs, only the batters will switch ends (subject to rule 7 – a batter who is out may not face the next ball).
  6. Each time the batting side loses a wicket; four runs will be deducted from their total.
  7. A batter who is out may not face the next ball.                                                                                                  
  8. The innings shall close when the batting side has completed sixteen overs.
  9. Wide deliveries and no balls shall count as two runs to the batting side and will not be bowled again, except in the last over. A delivery may bounce up to two times before reaching the batter before being signalled as a no ball. At their discretion, the umpire should allow a player to bowl from 15 yards if they are struggling to meet the required length.
  10. Each outfield player should bowl at least 1 over. No player may bowl more than 3 overs.
  11. A change in wicket keeper is permitted after 8 overs, however the incoming keeper should leave the field at the end of the 7th over in order to pad up and be ready to come on with the 3rd pair. The outgoing keeper should remove equipment during the 9th over - play should not be stopped to facilitate this change. Both players are eligible to bowl.
  12. The team with the highest number of runs shall be the winners.
  13. Points shall be awarded as follows: Win 2 points, draw 1 point, loss 0 points.
  14. See notes below for eligibility criteria.
  15. The pitch shall be 17 yards and the hardball 4¾oz. At the request of either team, use of an incrediball is permitted as an alternative. This should be agreed prior to the fixture.  Knock down stumps may be used for these fixtures.
  16. The home team manager is responsible for submitting the result within 24 hours of the match ending on the results form. A penalty of 2 points will be applied (to the home team) when these are received more than 48 hours after the game has been completed. In the event of postponement or cancellation of a fixture, whether the intention is to rearrange or not, it is also the home team manager’s responsibility to submit a no result within 48 hours detailing the reason for the failure to complete the game.
  17. The league winners will be decided on total number of points. To qualify, teams must have completed at least three of their five fixtures.

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Eligibility and guidance notes for girls’ league

  • There are a wide range of teams with different ages and abilities. The aim of both clubs should be to match these as closely as possible to ensure a competitive and enjoyable game. Communication between team managers is key to this objective.
  • Non county girls. U12/U13 girls who are not in any county squad are eligible to play in agreement with the opposition manager.
  • County girls. U9/U10/U11 girls who are included in any county squad are eligible to play and their numbers are not restricted in these teams. However, their inclusion should be carefully considered against opposition with few or no county players.
  • Boys should only be included if the game would not be able to go ahead without them. If this is absolutely necessary they should be of U9 age and not part of any county squad.

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Rules for summer leagues U11-U17  

  1. Teams shall comprise of eight players.
  2. Each match shall be of sixteen overs per side.
  3. Scoring will be as for normal cricket. Batsmen must leave the field when they are out with the following exceptions: When an U11, U13 or U15/U17 batter reaches or passes the personal total of 30 runs for an U11 player, 40 runs for an U13 player and 50 runs for an U15/U17 player, they must retire, but may return to the crease on the departure of the seventh batter. Retired batters must return in the order of retirement and take the place of the retiring or dismissed batter. The returning batter shall retire when they have scored an additional 30, 40 or 50 runs even if this retirement would end the innings before the agreed number of overs have been bowled.
  4. Innings will be split into quarters of four overs each. Fielders, bowlers and umpires will only change ends after the fourth, eighth and twelfth overs. At the conclusion of all other overs, only the batters will switch ends.  
  5. The innings shall close when the batting side has lost seven wickets, or sixteen overs have been completed, whichever comes first.
  6. Wides and no balls shall count as two runs to the batting side and will not be bowled again, except in the last two overs. Note that two runs are still awarded, as well as the extra ball, in these final two overs. A delivery may bounce up to two times before reaching the batter before being signalled as a no ball..
  7. No player may bowl more than 3 overs.
  8. The wicket keeper may not be changed, or bowl, during the innings.
  9. The team with the highest number of runs shall be the winners.
  10. Points shall be awarded as detailed in the table below.
  11. In the case of no result games because of inclement weather, there is no longer a compulsory requirement to rearrange the fixture. Should a new date be mutually agreed and for whatever reason not be completed then no penalties will apply to either team.
  12. Players must have been U17, U15, U13, U11 or U9 on the 31st August preceding the start dates of the competition. (see age eligibility table for clarification).
  1. Only one (boy) county player may be included in fixtures. The are no restrictions regarding the deployment of girl county players in SNCL matches. Click here for detailed guidelines.
  2. The home team manager is responsible for submitting the result within 24 hours of the match ending on the results form. A penalty of 2 points will be applied (to the home team) when these are received more than 48 hours after the game has been completed. In the event of postponement or cancellation of a fixture, whether the intention is to rearrange or not, it is also the home team manager’s responsibility to submit a no result within 48 hours detailing the reason for the failure to complete the game.

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Pitch Lengths. In line with ECB proposals these new lengths will apply from May 2019


U9

15 yards

4¾oz hardball


U11

17 yards

4¾oz hardball


U13

19 yards

4¾oz hardball


U15

22 yards

5½oz hardball


U17

22 yards

5½oz hardball

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Points Allocation Table


Winning margin

Winning points

Losing points


60+ runs or 7 wickets

16

0


50-59 runs or 6 wickets

15

1


40-49 runs or 5 wickets

14

2


30-39 runs or 4 wickets

13

3


20-29 runs or 3 wickets

12

4


10-19 runs or 2 wickets

11

5


1-9 runs or 1 wicket

10

6


Tied match

8

8

League positions are determined by average rather than total points (except U11 girls league). Clubs must complete at least 70% (unless advised differently by The League) of their fixtures before the end of the season. Clubs falling short of this requirement (because of a very wet summer for instance) may need to rearrange some of their games.

Should two teams be tied on points at the end of the season, the winner will be decided by the result of the fixture between these two teams.

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Entry Guidelines

Before submitting a team for entry in any of these competitions, team managers should be aware of the general guidance regarding participating players.

The South Norfolk U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17 Community Leagues are designed to cater for smaller community based clubs and, where appropriate, large clubs that have too many members for their needs of regular league cricket to be adequately accommodated.

The spirit of this competition is to provide league cricket for youth players who would otherwise be denied this opportunity, either because they play in a large club where team places are limited, or because they belong to a small club not yet strong enough for alliance competition.

Where a club is fielding a team in an alliance league, they should have sufficient team members to avoid excessive duplication in their community side.

Clubs should familiarise themselves with the rules regarding the participation of county players in this competition. These can be found here.

There is an entry fee, currently £20 per team. Details regarding payment will be circulated after entry closes. Separate fees apply for the winter zipleague competition.

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Guidance notes for Team Managers

The competition will be played in a league format with each team playing each other team once.


Youth managers of the home team must arrange their fixture within the allocated time window and offer the visiting club at least two dates. If the fixture is held over by the mutual agreement of both teams and, for whatever reason, eventually not completed, NO POINTS will be awarded to either team.

For U15 and U17 games, the matches are to be played with an adult ball, 5½ozs, on a full sized pitch of 22 yards. For U13 games the ball should be 4¾ ounces and the pitch 19 yards. For U11 games the ball should be 4¾ ounces and the pitch 17 yards. Full sized stumps or knock downs may be used at all age groups.

The U11 league fixtures are played on Sunday mornings only. The league will provide a fixture list at the beginning of the season. Games are not to be played outside of these fixture windows other than in exceptional circumstances. Weather affected games, if rearranged, may be played on other Sundays.

The home team is responsible for providing a ball (ideally new, but at least in good condition and acceptable to both team captains) for each game, this to be used for both innings.

Each team should provide an umpire and scorer for each match. It is not expected that either of these will hold any specific qualifications for the role but a consistent approach from both umpires (regarding wides etc.) should be delivered throughout both innings. Those less familiar with the rules of the game, particularly the LBW rule, should exercise caution before delivering this verdict.

It is intended that whites should be worn for these matches.

The home team manager is responsible for submitting the result within 24 hours of the match ending on the results form. A penalty of 2 points will be applied (to the home team) when these are received more than 48 hours after the game has been completed. A no results form should be completed whenever any scheduled game is postponed or cancelled regardless of whether it will be rearranged or not.

The rules of the competition must be adhered to. Games are not to be longer than sixteen overs.

Managers, team players, parents etc. are welcome to submit match reports, photographs, blogs etc. to the website. These will be considered for inclusion in the news section. It will be assumed by The League that any submitted images come with permission for publication on the site, facebook pages and press articles unless advised otherwise.

The competition’s dedicated website will be updated regularly. Please ensure that your teams are aware of this site.

Age Limits. The table below details these for the current summer season.

Girls participation. The League is committed to promoting Girls' participation and different rules apply to their eligibility. Please see the table below for details. There are no restrictions (unlike boys) as to the amount of county girls that may be included in an SNCL or zipleague team.

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Age Eligibility Rules for summer competitions starting in 2019 (see Girls’ League eligibility here)

League

Boys born on or after

Girls (non county) born on or after

County Girls born on or after

U17

1st September 2001

1st September 1999

1st September 2000

U15

1st September 2003

1st September 2001

1st September 2002

U13

1st September 2005

1st September 2003

1st September 2004

U11

1st September 2007

1st September 2005

1st September 2006

U9

1st September 2009

1st September 2007

1st September 2008

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Guidance notes for no result games

If the original fixture is cancelled because of bad weather there is no longer a compulsory requirement to provide a new date. Should both clubs agree to rearrange the game and, for whatever reason, this rearranged fixture is not completed, no penalty will be applied to either team.

If matches, which have started, become rain affected, team managers and captains may, at their discretion, agree a procedure to produce a fair result. The League has its own Duckworth-Lewis calculations for abandoned games but 8 overs must have been completed in the second innings before this may be used.

Teams cancelling, or failing to fulfil a fixture in their original time window for reasons other than the weather may, in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of The League, have points deducted and games added to their total played.

Although all clubs make every effort to complete their league fixtures as timetabled, there will inevitably be instances when, for a variety of reasons (excluding weather), scheduled matches are cancelled or postponed. As many clubs select their teams well in advance and will also often have pitches, transport and refreshments already arranged, coaches and managers are urged to minimise inconvenience and disappointment by notifying opposing teams of any problems as far in advance of the arranged date as possible. A text or e-mail sent the night before advising cancellation or postponement is not acceptable, unless in exceptional circumstances, and The League reserves the right to levy penalties on clubs who consistently breach these guidelines.

When fixtures are not completed, for reasons other than the weather, defaulting clubs do not have the option or authority to concede the game and hand opponents their points from the cancelled match. Such matches will almost always be flagged as a no result with no benefit allocated to either team. The League does, however, reserve the right to impose penalties in certain circumstances – such an action to be considered only after representations from both clubs concerned.


The League reserves the right to declare completed fixtures a void result. Such a situation may arise where the game has, for one reason or another, not conformed to League regulations. Instances where this might arise include the fielding of ineligible players (e.g. extra county or overage) or the loan of players to the opposing side to enable a match to go ahead when other players are unavailable, particularly during the school summer holidays. This should be the preferred course of action when the only other option would be outright cancellation. In such a case no points will be awarded to either team. It is important that both managers agree to such an arrangement before the fixture commences. Please note that outstanding individual performances or match statistics in such fixtures will not be included in The League’s Roll of Honour.

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Complaints & appeals

Team managers are encouraged to resolve any disputes amongst themselves to achieve an outcome agreeable to all concerned. However, The League accepts that there will be occasions when this is not possible and then the club or clubs may submit an official complaint for consideration and a league ruling. Should they disagree with the outcome they may appeal and the complaint will be forwarded for consideration by The League’s independent adjudication panel.

There is a time limit of thirty days to appeal against a league ruling or to initiate an official complaint for referral to our panel. Any complaints or appeals should be submitted to us using this address - norfolkyouthcricket@yahoo.co.uk

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County Players

Clubs will be allowed to field one (boy) county player only per fixture. There are no restrictions on the number of girls (county or otherwise) that may be included.

County players (whether boys or girls) are defined as those included in the current squads of any county in the UK. In years where an U17 squad is not named at the beginning of the season, restrictions will apply to those who have competed at county level (at any age) the previous year. See 2019 County Players here.

Comprehensive guidelines regarding the participation of county players in SNCL fixtures can be found by clicking here.

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